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New Zealand Upset Australian Women

first_imgThe New Zealand Women’s Open team have made an impressive start to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, defeating Australian 4-3 in game one.Australia has dominated New Zealand in the Women’s grade with New Zealand only winning once before this match, in Hamilton in 2002. At last year’s World Cup the Kiwis caught up some ground but with a new coach and some new faces in the squad, they came into this match as an unknown quantity.They didn’t stay unknown for long though, scoring three touchdowns in quick succession to   make it their game to lose. Missy Buchanan was first on the scoreboard, diving over in the middle of the field with just 20 seconds gone. The New Zealand women produced good yards to get her in striking range and she just evaded the touch.Not long after Marama Davis found space on the left wing and streaked down the sideline to make it 2-0. The close-to-perfect start by New Zealand was completed when Tyla Nathan-Wong produced  the yards and Robyna Hokai the finish.The Australian team, however are not World Cup and Trans Tasman champions for nothing and accepted the challenge laid down by the Kiwis.  Their yards were slick and it gave them the opportunities they needed to fight their way back into the contest. The Aussies had repeat sets on the New Zealand line but the saves came at crucial moments and they couldn’t get over.Finally though, Charlotte Caslick managed to touch down and get Australia back into the match. The entire Aussie team’s intensity lifted but New Zealand was up to the task and their defence stayed strong to force Australia into errors.With 20 seconds left on the clock, two young guns for Australia then joined forces for a huge play; Emilee Cherry found space in the in-goal and then got the ball away to Jenna Hitch. It was a nice move from Cherry and it was anyone’s game at half-time with Australia seemingly with the momentum, but New Zealand holding onto a one touchdown lead, 3-2.The second half featured more intense defence from New Zealand and more relentless attack from Australia. It was a top match with both teams giving their all. Australia’s Louise Winchester used her experience to guide her team around the park but dropped balls at crucial times negated the Australian attack. Nathan-Wong dominated for New Zealand in the middle of the field and after a few near misses she was able to get into the in-goal and offload to Marama Davis to give New Zealand a bit of breathing space at 4-2The Aussie yards at this point were strong and the lead didn’t last long as Australia’s Leah Percy made an athletic dive soon after on debut, slipping through the defence.The Touch Blacks though, having defended so well throughout the match were not about to let this one slip. They held strong and calmly ticked down the clock for a 4-3 victory; only the second time in history that New Zealand has beaten Australia in Women’s Open Touch Football. Highlights of the match can be found at the TFA YouTube channel. Please click on the link below to view: Zealand – 4 (Marama Davis 2, Melissa Buchanan, Robyna Hokai) defeated Australia – 3 (Charlotte Caslick, Jenna Hitch, Leah Percy). Referees – Michael Winter, Luke McKenzie, Tony Arnellast_img read more

Sunshine Coast to Host World’s Best Youth and Masters Touch Footballers in 2017 (and beyond)

first_imgBy @JulianTFAThe world’s best Youth and Masters’ touch footballers will descend onto Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana Waters, Queensland in September 2017 (Wednesday to Sunday, 13-17 September), with the highly popular Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC) confirmed to be held on the Sunshine Coast. The NYC along with the event’s wider five-day event program, attracts thousands of visitors to the region during the period and will feature another innovative format to the overall program next year.And in further news, by extension of Touch Football Australia’s long-standing partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and connection to the region, the event is locked down till 2020 at Sunshine Coast Stadium, after parties agreed to terms through the week. The overall five-day event program will feature the following: The Harvey Norman National Youth Championships; the Harvey Norman School Series Cup; the Alliance Cup and Masters Trans-Tasman.Touch Football Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire, said the outcome was very positive for the sport and participants alike. The format next year particularly exciting with the four series’ held in conjunction with the one event.“We again thank the highly valued support and contribution of the Sunshine Coast Council for their unstinting support of our major national youth championship over an enduring period,” he said on the eve of the 2016 TFA Annual General Meeting (AGM).“It is such a strong validation and message to the organisation and the Touch Football community of their support and flexible approach to host the event,” he added. “And specifically, council’s willingness to assist us grow the event and components over time and encourage more and more international and inter/intra state visitors to the region.“We are seeing tremendous growth in our schools’ space and nothing but positive feedback on not only the Youth Championships but also the inaugural Schools Cup and Alliance Cup which also brings a critical Open division dimension to the event mix.”As with the modular nature of this event, the 2017 Masters Trans-Tasman series will add another exciting International dimension with the two countries going head-to-head across the five Masters divisions. The news comes off the back of the September announcement of the 2017 Opens Trans-Tasman series also secured for the Sunshine Coast (10-14 May, 2017).“This is terrific to have our great international partners, New Zealand, commit to coming back to the Sunshine Coast and will round-out an incredible year in 2017 of the separate Trans-Tasman series events,” Maguire added. “The Opens’ series in May following the Youth Trans-Tasman in Auckland early in the New Year.”The Sunshine Coast Council Tourism Sport and major Events Portfolio Councillor, Jason O’Pray said hosting the National Youth Touch Football Championships over the next four years would provide plenty of exciting benefits for the Sunshine Coast.“Touch Football is booming in Australia with participation numbers and popularity growing rapidly, so it’s terrific to have this showpiece event for the sport coming here for at least the next four years, as well as the Opens Trans-Tasman Series that we’ll be hosting for the first time in May next year,” Cr O’Pray said.“The National Youth Championships involves thousands of players, supporters and officials from all corners of Australia. And this huge influx of guests will deliver fantastic economic benefits for our local businesses and also provide great exposure that will generate future tourism interest and opportunities for our region.“Tourism, Sport and Leisure is one of seven high value industries on the Sunshine Coast and in 2016 we’ve played host to more than 60 major sporting, music and lifestyle events that have brought an estimated 150,000 guests from all over the world.“So we’re accustomed to hosting major events and providing a warm welcome for our guests; it’s great that we’re keeping the ball rolling in 2017, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast, by securing more major events like the National Youth Touch Championships.“I’m certain players, officials and supporters will have a tremendous time on the Sunshine Coast next year and beyond and will relish the wonderful facilities at Sunshine Coast Stadium, that will soon be boosted even further by a $2.5 million upgrade that includes a 36 square meter LED scoreboard and replay screen.”For more information on the 2017 Harvey Norman Youth Championships and Masters Trans-Tasman Test series, visit TFA’s website and tourism information on the Sunshine Coast visit the Sunshine Coast’s website. Download your copy of the media release, including who to contact for more information, here. Related LinksSunshine Coast to host NYClast_img read more

10 months agoLautaro Martinez: Inter Milan fans love me

first_imgLautaro Martinez: Inter Milan fans love meby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLautaro Martinez insists he’s happy at Inter Milan.The striker has managed just five starts since his arrival from Racing.But he told ESPN: “The idea is to play more and win a place in the team.“Every day we train to improve and show the Coach that we’re up to the task.“I haven’t played much, but I think I’ve done well whenever I have. I’m having fun, the fans love me and I want to keep doing well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 Schools We Think Will Be In Different Conferences A Decade From Now

first_imgTexas vs. Oklahoma Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Twitter/@bigtenconf Twitter/@bigtenconfConference realignment has slowed in recent years, mostly due to lengthy television contracts and a restructuring of college football’s postseason format. But it’s just a matter of time before it all heats up again. It’s no secret that some Big 12 ADs are already angling to push the conference to add two schools in the near future.In the last 15 years, dozens of schools have changed allegiances. The ACC has gutted the Big East twice, taking Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame. The Big Ten now has Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers. The SEC yanked Texas A&M and Missouri from the Big 12. The Pac-12 now includes Utah and Colorado. The Big 12 has West Virginia and TCU. Those are only changes to the power conferences.Many in the industry believe we’re eventually headed for four “super” conferences – which contain either 16 or 18 programs each. It isn’t that far-fetched of an idea, given what we’ve seen the past decade or two. It would also make the College Football Playoff much easier to predict during the season.We’re going to go out on a ledge and predict 10 major college football/basketball programs that will be in different conferences in 2026. Let’s get started.Get Started: Texas –> Pac-12 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

10 Fan Bases That Are Delusional Heading Into The 2016 College Football Season

first_imgVirginia fan hangs over the side of the stadium.Virginia Fan Viral Meme Twitter/@TheTroyJohnsonTwitter/@TheTroyJohnsonEvery summer, dozens of fan bases get excited for the coming season – all assuming that this is going to be the year that their team runs the table and emerges with a national championship. As we all know, only one team actually wins the title, so most of them are going to be disappointed at some point.We’re here to give 10 fan bases a dose of reality before the season even starts. Being on this list doesn’t mean your team is going to have a bad season – but it does mean that supporters need to temper expectations. Without further ado, here are the 10 fan bases that we believe are the most delusional heading into the 2016 season. Will some prove us wrong? We’ll find out.Get Started: No. 10 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

‘Wan-Bissaka’s £50m fee will become the norm’

first_imgAaron Wan-Bissaka has been urged to ignore the fee that Manchester United invested in his potential, with Denis Irwin claiming that “£50 million for a full-back is going to become the norm”.The Red Devils have spent big acquiring the services of a highly-rated 21-year-old .Just one full season was spent within the first-team fold at Crystal Palace before Wan-Bissaka was lured to Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His price tag means that added pressure has been lumped onto his young shoulders, but Irwin believes that the talented right-back will cope and shift attention away from his asking price.A man who once filled a full-back berth at United said in the Evening Standard of Wan-Bissaka and the Red Devils’ focus on landing players of promise: “He is very quick, a modernday full-back in the fact that he was a winger and has played very, very well in the 15 months that I have seen him at Crystal Palace in a defensive role.“There is a lot more pressure on him now, but hopefully he will be able to handle that. We needed a bit of pace and youth in the team. “He and Dan James seem quite humble. I have noticed that in and around training and they seem quiet. “There is nothing wrong with that, they will keep their heads down and work hard because they have a big opportunity now here to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world and they have got to love that. “You have got to ignore the fee. I think £50 million for a full-back is going to become the norm.”Embed only: Aaron Wan-Bissaka Manchester UnitedWan-Bissaka is adamant that he will not allow the price on his head to become an issue , with the youngster determined to let his football do the talking.He has said, with United currently in Australia on pre-season duty: “I expected it [pressure] when I came here. It is a big club. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Crystal Palace, so the attention will always be there. I just need to play my game and block it out.“I wanted to take my development to the next level and this was the team where I thought I could do it.“The style of play, the way they work, the intensity – that is going to develop me as a player. I always want to be pushed to reach my potential.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Photos: A Lot Of Empty Seats At Ohio State-Rutgers Today

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Ohio State typically plays in front of one of the best crowds in college football. Ohio Stadium seats more than 100,000 and Buckeye Nation packs it to capacity every week.Well, almost every week. The weather has affected today’s showing, unfortunately.It’s been raining – hard – in Columbus all day and it’s not supposed to stop anytime soon.This has resulted in a less-than-full Ohio Stadium for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Rutgers contest.Plenty of empty seats in the rain here at Ohio Stadium as the game gets set to kick off.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) September 8, 2018The Ohio State-Rutgers game isn’t the only college football contest affected by weather today. There are storms all across the midwest.Ohio State and Rutgers are playing on BTN.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Was Asked If Michigan Is A CFB Playoff Contender

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.Following a rough start to the 2018 season, the Michigan Wolverines have truly found an identity. More importantly, Jim Harbaugh’s club finally had a statement victory last night.With the Wisconsin Badgers coming into Ann Harbor, the Wolverines put together their best performance of the season. Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon carried the load on offense, totaling 195 yards on the ground.On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan kept Alex Hornibrook under duress, forcing him into two interceptions.When asked about Michigan’s victory and chances at being a contender for the College Football Playoff, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum sounded optimistic about the Wolverines.From“They are because they have so many opportunities ahead,” Finebaum said. “The Notre Dame game is long gone. They have Michigan State. They have an elite program that James Franklin has developed at Penn State (laughs) — didn’t hear his press conference last night. … Then there’s Ohio State. I don’t think they’ll get there because I still like Ohio State, but give Jim Harbaugh credit. A lot of people were trying to write him off a couple of weeks ago.”It’s going to be a tough road for the Wolverines, but victories over the Spartans, Nittany Lions, and Buckeyes would most likely punch their ticket to the playoff.As long as Michigan continues its recent production, the team’s hopes of winning a national championship will be intact.last_img read more

USC Insider Has Major Kliff Kingsbury Update

first_imgA closeup of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Texas Tech announced the firing of head coach Kliff Kingsbury. After six seasons as the team’s head coach, Kingsbury found himself out of the job, but likely not for long.According to multiple reports, NFL and college football teams alike are interested in bringing in the former Red Raiders head coach. Kingsbury has become one of the hottest names in coaching and teams are clamoring to bring him in as an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach.Count USC among those interested. Kingsbury was in Los Angeles earlier this week and was reportedly in town again today.According to a report from Trojan Insider, the Trojans have made Kingsbury the team’s new offensive been told by a source close to the USC football program that former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Trojans. We haven’t been able to confirm that with the athletic department, but our source is very close to the situation.If the report is accurate, USC fans have to be happy with the hire. Kingsbury is a proven offensive assistant coach and will be vital in the development of young quarterback J.T. Daniels.Stay tuned.[TrojanInsider]last_img read more

Former Clemson Star Pleads Guilty To Robbery

first_imgJadar Johnson #18 (C) celebrates with Van Smith #23 and Cordrea Tankersley #25 of the Clemson Tigers after intercepting a pass during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 03: Jadar Johnson #18 (C) celebrates with Van Smith #23 and Cordrea Tankersley #25 of the Clemson Tigers after intercepting a pass during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Last spring, former Clemson All-ACC safety Jadar Johnson was one of three former college football players arrested on suspicion of armed robbery. That case came to a close today.Johnson has pleaded guilty to common law robbery of an ex-teammate’s apartment. The teammate’s name has not been made public.He was arrested along with another Clemson football player, C.J. Fuller, and former Duke player Quaven Ferguson.The three men, two of whom won a national championship at Clemson in 2016, were initially charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon. The common law robbery charge is much less serious, as the initial one could have carried a 30-year sentence.Jadar Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison, but that was suspended down to three years of probation.From the Greenville News on his sentence:Johnson’s six-year prison sentence handed down was suspended to three years of probation. Johnson must also complete 200 hours of community service, nine months of house detention, have mental health counseling and submit to random drug and alcohol testing, court records show. He will be allowed to travel for work if he has no positive drug test.Johnson’s attorney Bakari Sellers was happy with the result, saying that Johnson will have his record cleared if he does not violate that probation:“This is a very good result for Jadar so he can continue his career,” Sellers said Tuesday. “He is a great kid who made a mistake.”Johnson retired after a brief NFL stint after he left Clemson, where he was an All-ACC safety.Fuller, the other Tigers player involved, tragically died last fall, as he was looking to come back from a knee injury and finish his college career at another program.[Greenville News]last_img read more

Georgia Player Explains Transfer From SEC Rival

first_img As a redshirt sophomore in 2017, Wolf finally saw significant playing time. He had three catches for 48 yards in three games that year.Last year, Wolf had five catches for 30 yards and his first-ever touchdown.If Wolf wants to make his former team pay for not giving him more time on the field, he’ll get his chance on October 5. Tennessee tight end Eli Wolf catches a touchdown against South Carolina.COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 27: Eli Wolf #80 of the Tennessee Volunteers catches a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia was able to pry tight end Eli Wolf away from their SEC rival Tennessee via the transfer portal earlier this year. After some silence as to why he was staying in the conference, Wolf has decided to tell his story.In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Wolf revealed that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart personally reached out to him when he entered the portal. He told the publication that most of the calls he received were not from head coaches.“Coach Smart was actually one of the first people to get a hold of me… That was very humbling and awesome. A couple of weeks after that I was sure this was the place I was going to go.”Wolf said he realized that the tight end position was “a position of need” and felt that he would be able to contribute.“Realistically, there was a position of need,” Wolf said. “Charlie and (John) FitzPatrick are both great tight ends. I felt like I could help the team along with those guys.”Coming out of high school in 2015, Wolf was only considered a two-star prospect, but worked his way into the Tennessee lineup as a walk-on.last_img read more

The 3 Top 25 Teams On “Upset Alert” In Week 5

first_imgRed balloons in the air for Nebraska against Minnesota.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Balloons released after the first score in the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Week 5 of the 2019 college football season is quickly approaching and there are a couple of big-time contests this weekend.What potential upsets are in store in Week 5?Here are the three top 25 teams on “Upset Alert” in Week 5.No. 7 Auburn vs. Mississippi State Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix throws a pass.(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The Tigers got a huge win last weekend, taking down Texas A&M in College Station. However, this is still an Auburn team led by a true freshman quarterback in Bo Nix.Mississippi State is 3-1 and starting to get a little stronger. The Bulldogs could cover the 10.5-point spread and perhaps make this one even closer.No. 5 Ohio State at NebraskaThe Buckeyes have dominated the Huskers in recent matchups, though last year’s game in Columbus was a close one.Nebraska has the offense to put up a lot of points on Ohio State’s defense, but only if Adrian Martinez can take care of the ball. The Huskers have been fumble-heavy in recent weeks and that needs to stop. Adrian Martinez warms up for Nebraska.(Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)No. 10 Notre Dame vs. No. 21 VirginiaThe Fighting Irish are coming off a tough road loss at Georgia. Notre Dame played the Bulldogs much tougher than expected, taking Kirby Smart’s team to the wire.Brian Kelly’s team should rebound just fine against Virginia, though the Fighting Irish could have a hungover, letdown game following the Georgia loss. A closeup of Brian Kelly talking to his players.(Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)***What Week 5 upsets are you picking?last_img read more

BPL 2019: Smith, Warner fall cheaply in 1st high-profile match since ball-tampering saga

first_imgBPL 2019: Smith, Warner fall cheaply in 1st high-profile match since ball-tampering sagaBanned Australian superstars Steve Smith and David Warner led Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sixers, respectively in their first match of Bangladesh Premier League 2019 in Dhaka.advertisement India Today Web Desk DhakaJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 17:25 IST Steve Smith and David Warner were seen exchanging pleasantries during the BPL 2019 match in Dhaka on Sunday (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith led Comilla Victorians to a four-wicket win over David Warner’s Sylhet Sixers in DhakaSmith scored 16 from 17 balls while Warner managed 14 from 13 balls in their BPL 2019 openersShahid Afridi blasted 39 from 25 balls to help Smith’s side beat Warner’s SixersFormer Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner led Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sixers, respectively in their first-ever Bangladesh Premier League match on Sunday after the infamous ball-tampering incident from last year.Smith and Warner were handed the huge responsibility of leading their teams in their season openers at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Both the Australian players were seen exchanging pleasantries and shook hands as they walked out for the toss earlier in the day.While Warner was picked up by the Sylhet Sixers in the pre-tournament draft, Smith’s participation had remained uncertain as several franchises opposed his inclusion from outside the draft as a replacement for Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne.However, Steve Smith led the Victorians to a winning start in BPL 2019 as they beat David Warner’s Sylhet Sixers by four wickets.Afridi shines for Steve Smith’s VictoriansFormer Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi starred for Steve Smith’s team as he smashed a 25-ball 39, which included five boundaries and two sixes. The Victorians were reeling at 97 for 6 from 16.3 overs, chasing 128 before Afridi began opening his arms up.Smith managed only 16 runs from 17 balls but he stitched a crucial 30-run stand with Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal after the Victorians lost two wickets.Earlier in the day, David Warner was declared run out but the decision against him was questionable as he made it past the crease first when two Sylhet batsmen ran to the same end.Warner made a 13-ball 14, including three boundaries, before he was adjudged run-out.advertisementSmith and Warner are both serving 12-month bans, which expire on March 30. The two batsmen, who are known for their consistency, are likely to play the World Cup and the Ashes later this year for Australia.Speaking to the media in December last year, Smith had said he was aware of what was going on in the Australian dressing room beore Cameron Bancroft was caught on television cameras tampering the red cherry during a Test match in Cape Town against South Africa in March.”In the room I walked past something and had the opportunity to stop it and I didn’t do it. It went out and happened on the field. I had the opportunity to stop it rather than say I didn’t want to know anything about it. That was my failure of leadership for that and I have taken responsibility for that,” Smith said.While Smith and Bancroft, who revealed Warner had asked him to alter the condition of the ball, spoke to the media, Warner decided to keep mum and go about his preparations for the much-anticipated international comeback.Also Read | Virat Kohli sympathises with Steve Smith and David Warner: I felt very badAlso Read | Steve Smith reveals why he did not appeal ball-tampering banAlso Read | I want to come back better than I was, says Steve Smith in new commercialAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow Bangladesh Premier LeagueFollow Australia ball tamperingFollow Comilla VictoriansFollow Sylhet SixersFollow Smith BPL 2019Follow Smith Warner BPL cricket tosslast_img read more

Virat Kohli best I have seen but Steve Smith’s Edgbaston knocks were just another level: Justin Langer

first_imgVirat Kohli best I have seen but Steve Smith’s Edgbaston knocks were just another level: Justin LangerSteve Smith single-handedly led Australia’s charge with the bat in the first Test against England which they eventually won by 251 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the Ashes series.advertisement India Today Web Desk BirminghamAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 14:09 IST Steve Smith scored 186 runs in the Edgbaston Test with two centuries (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith scored 144 and 142 in both innings of the first Ashes TestSmith was playing his first Test since returning from his one year ball-tampering banSmith is ranked 4th in the ICC list while Virat Kohli has held his position at the top for quite some timeAustralia coach Justin Langer on Tuesday hailed Steve Smith for the way he batted throughout the first Test against England at Edgbaston which eventually set up a 251-run victory for the visitors in the Ashes opener on Monday.Smith scored 144 and 142 in both innings for Australia to become the first batsman from either side to score twin hundreds in an Ashes Test since Matthew Hayden did it in 2002. Smith is also the fifth Aussie batsman to achieve the feat in the Ashes.Australia were tottering at 122 for 8 in their first innings on Day 1 but ended up with a score of 284 with Smith being the last batsman to be dismissed. His knock in the first innings is being hailed as one of the best ever in Ashes history.Smith once again bailed his team out of trouble in the second innings with his 25th Test hundred and helped Australia set England a target of 397.Langer, who had rated Virat Kohli as the best batsman he had seen during the Border-Gavaskar series earlier this year, still stood by his words but stated that Smith’s knocks at Edgbaston were at another level.”I said during the summer that Virat Kohli is the best player I have ever seen but that [Smith’s knocks] is just another level.”You have in different teams, different eras, great players but for someone like Smudge [Smith], who is averaging over 60 and the way he played in this innings with all the pressure and everything that is on him, it was not only great skill but enormous character, enormous courage, very brave, unbelievable concentration, unbelievable physical stamina, unbelievable mental stamina, all traits of great players,” Langer said.advertisementEngland bowlers found it hard to dismiss Smith throughout the Test match despite having the services of coach Trevor Bayliss, who has worked closely with the former Australia captain since his childhood.Langer said when Smith is batting in the middle or in the nets, it just seems like no bowler would be able to get him out when he is in the zone.”You throw to him in the nets and you literally feel like you can’t get him out and there’s no batsman like that and you just end up throwing a million balls and you are just lost for answers. I guess you would have to ask England how they feel about that and they had some interesting tactics for him.”They had the really short point which I had never seen before, they obviously had a tactic they prepared and Trevor Bayliss has seen a lot of Steve Smith since he was a kid. They would have studied him closely but he just has a knack, well, he is the best problem-solver in the game,” Langer said.Also Read | What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Steve SmithAlso Read | Steve Smith best Test player in the world: Tim Paine after Australia win Ashes openerAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Australia win 1st Test at Edgbaston in 18 years after Smith, Lyon heroicsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Justin LangerFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australialast_img read more

India vs West Indies 1st Test: Dream 11 prediction, captain and vice-captain

first_img India Today Web Desk North SoundAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 12:56 IST India vs West Indies 1st Test Dream 11 Prediction. (@BCCI )West Indies will host the Virat Kohli-led side for the two Test-match series, with the first one starting here on Thursday.A win in the opening Test will be the 27th for Kohli as skipper and will put him on even keel with his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A century in the game (19th as captain) will place him on par with Ricky Ponting.On paper, a batting line-up that has Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in the ranks should be termed clear favourites but this West Indies team, led by Jason Holder, is no pushover.If there is pace and bounce, Kohli is likely to go with four specialist bowlers in which Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav will be fighting for the lone spinner’s slot.The three pacers, in all likelihood, will be Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.The West Indies team in the Test format has been an understated one with players who have more talent than what the numbers currently show.In Shai Hope, John Campbell and Shimron Hetmyer, they have the three talented youngsters. Darren Bravo is their most experienced batsman with 52 Tests and nearly 3500 runs under his belt.Batsmen: India’s new wall Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli would walk into any fantasy team of the Test matches. Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite form for the Windies in the longer formats have made them hard to ignore from anyone’s fantasy XI.Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant or Wriddhiman Saha? Maybe Pant, who excelled behind the wickets during the historic Australia series, could get a go-ahead against Saha, who is returning after nursing an injury.advertisementAll-rounders: Roston Chase, during the 2016 series against India, had thwarted Ashwin for a whole fifth day in Kingston after West Indies were staring at an innings defeat. In addition to that, he is a steady off-spinner with 50 Test wickets. So Ashwin, Chase and WI skipper Jason Holder would complete your all-rounder’s list.Bowling: India pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma have excelled in the past with their ability to pick wickets with the new ball and Kemar Roach is an ideal local pacer to keep in the team.Dream 11 team, WI vs IND 1st Test: Kraigg Brathwaite, Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Cheteshwar Pujara, Darren Bravo, Rishabh Pant, Jason Holder (Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Roston Chase, Jasprit Bumrah, Kemar Roach, Ishant SharmaSquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit BumrahWest Indies: Jason Holder(Capt), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope(w), Rahkeem Cornwall, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, John Campbell, Kemar Roach, Shannon GabrielAlso Read | Virat Kohli turns anchor and interviews Viv Richards ahead of India v West Indies 1st TestAlso Read | Looking towards challenge of playing against Virat Kohli, R Ashwin: Jason HolderAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Dream XIFollow Dream 11 Prediction Next India vs West Indies 1st Test: Dream 11 prediction, captain and vice-captainIndia vs West Indies 1st Test Dream 11 Prediction: India will begin their campaign in the World Championship with the two-match Test series against the West Indies starting today.advertisementlast_img read more

Dinesh Mongia announces retirement from all forms of cricket

first_imgDinesh Mongia announces retirement from all forms of cricketDinesh Mongia was last seen on a cricket field in 2007, playing for Punjab, before being banned by the BCCI for joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 09:44 IST Dinesh Mongia (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Mongia announced retirement from all forms of cricketMongia last played for Punjab in 2007Mongia played 121 first-class matches and has 21 centuries in themFormer India all-rounder Dinesh Mongia announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. Mongia is best known for being chosen over VVS Laxman in the Indian team that finished runner-up in the ICC World Cup 2003 in South Africa.Mongia was last seen on a cricket field in 2007, playing for Punjab, before being banned by the BCCI for joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).The cricketer made his under-19 debut for Punjab in October 1995 and on the back of his consistent performance in first-class cricket for over 6 years, Mongia was given an ODI call-up into the national team against Australia in 2001.Mongia went on to play 57 ODI for India where he scored 1230 runs at 27.95 that also includes an unbeaten 159 in the series decider against Zimbabwe at Guwahati in March 2002. Mongia also played a solitary T20I for India, however, he never played a Test.The left-hand batsman had a prolific first-class career. Mongia played 121 first-class matches and has 21 centuries to his name.Mongia had also played for Lancashire and Leicestershire.Mongia lost his touch to cricket after being banned by the BCCI. Most players banned by the Board for their association with the ICL were granted amnesty but Mongia remained the lone cricketer who was kept out of the official circuit.The cricketer is said to be taking coaching assignments further on. Last season, Mongia was made a state selector by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Dinesh Mongia Nextlast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Braima Dabo helps ailing rival cross the finish line in 5000m race

first_img Associated Press DohaSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 20:48 IST World Athletics Championships: Guinea-Bissau’s Braima Suncar Dabo assists Aruba’s Jonathan Busby across the line of a men’s 5000mHIGHLIGHTSBraima Suncar Dabo stopped his own race to help a struggling competitor finish Friday nightAny athlete in that situation would do the same thing, said DaboBusby, from Aruba, collapsed onto the track and was placed in a wheelchair by medical staffYou didn’t need a stopwatch or a measuring tape to identify the biggest winner on the first night of track and field’s world championships.The gold medal for sportsmanship went to Braima Suncar Dabo, the 5,000-meter runner from Guinea-Bissau who stopped his own race to help a struggling competitor finish Friday night.Dabo held up an exhausted Jonathan Busby and together they staggered around the last turn and over the finish line to great applause, even though the other runners had crossed 5 minutes earlier. Busby, from Aruba, collapsed onto the track and was placed in a wheelchair by medical staff.Sport is about so much more than just your own Braima Suncar Dabo and Jonathan Busby at the #WorldAthleticsChamps (@iaaforg) September 27, 2019″Any athlete in that situation would do the same thing,” Dabo said through a translator.”It was something normal to do, to help someone from another country, because (Busby) was representing his country as well.” All Busby said was “thank you,” Dabo added.Both Busby and Dabo are the only athletes from their nations at the world championships. Both men competed under special invitations that allow countries without strong track programs to send one athlete to the championships, even if that athlete has not met qualifying standards.Dabo was far off the pace, and his goal wasn’t to qualify for the final, but just to run a personal best. Dabo’s time nearly five minutes slower than the leader was officially recorded as a personal best even after stopping to help Busby. But Dabo said he’d been much faster in the past.advertisementOfficially, Busby was disqualified. But the crowd roared for him and Dabo as they crossed the line.Also Read | Joao Vieira becomes oldest person to win a medal in World Championship historyAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow World Athletics ChampionshipsFollow Doha World Athletics Championships: Braima Dabo helps ailing rival cross the finish line in 5000m raceBraima Suncar Dabo made a bigger impact after he helped his ailing rival Jonathan Busby to the finish line on the first night of track and field’s world championships.advertisement Nextlast_img read more